Big Lake Campground sits at its namesake lake along Santiam Pass, a 4,800-foot mountain pass through the Cascade Range in western Oregon.
Campers enjoy views of the lake with the beautiful Mt. Washington as a backdrop.
Water skiing, sailing and swimming are among the favorite activities at the lake. The Patjens Lakes Trail offers excellent hiking opportunities. The trail follows the western side of Big Lake, heads south into the Mt. Washington Wilderness, passes alongside the scenic Patjens Lakes, and then loops back to the campground.
Big Lake Campground offers 49 spacious campsites for tent or RV camping. Drinking water, vault toilets and a boat ramp are provided.
Surrounded by Alpine fir, hemlock and lodge pole pine, the campground sits on the western side of the lake.
Big Lake, at elevation 4,600 feet, is in the Willamette National Forest, which spans 1.6 million acres on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.
Several hiking trails and OHV trails are in the area. Explore the Santiam Pass region on the McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway that passes through 130 miles of lava fields, lakes and waterfalls.
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Gorgeous views and hiking trails galore! I don’t think I’ve camped at a place that is as beautiful scenery as Big Lake Campground. Campground has all the necessities: there are vault toilets, fire pits, tables, and drinking water. No cell service of course and lake is very close.
Lots of space and highly recommend!
This was a great little lakeside campground with easy water access, and bathrooms (pit toilets) onsite.
It is really dusty, which was expected.
We also found it to be pretty loud as people played their loud music on boats late into the evening and the music carried over the water.
The view of Washington, however, cannot be beat.
Absolutely beautiful view, huge sites and fairly remote.
Great camping spot with awesome mountain views. Area also has private campsites for tent so you’re not out in the open. Very accessible to hikes (Sahalie, Koosah, Tamolitch Blue Pool, and many lakes).
This hidden gem can’t be seen from the highway. But it’s a quick drive down a improved road to it,s clear refreshing waters with fishing and plenty places to swim. Trails to go off road and places to camp near or away from the water. You’ll find views of snowcapped mountains and relax at night with no city noise or lights glowing. Check this place out before the winter hits and the snow piles up.
We headed out from Portland late Friday, not really knowing what to expect. The campground was clean and easy to find, obviously a hit for OHV. We went on a hike just a few yards from the campsite, and put our kayaks in the lake after. Not to loud, and great views
Have camped here a few different times, Always a great time. Lake is great for kayaking, big enough to give you lots to paddle, but small enough to not be overwhelming. Beautiful view of the mountain (Mt. Washington I believe), and lots of birds and deer in the area. A bit dusty, and no re hookups, but the lake and views make up for that. Pit toilets, and not all sites are leveled for every parking. Check site length to your needs and being leveling blocks in case!
This is pretty well a dry camp area but great if you have bikes or dirt bikes or four wheelers. The lake is not breathtaking but pretty enough.
There's such a great view of Mt Washington from the campground.